7. How does that look and sound?
Safe and sound should be helpful mnemonics. Look at these two short video clips and see how many aspects of 'safe' and 'sound' you notice. Make a note about the parts of the interaction that you consider to be done well and those that are done less well.
Case history taking:
Watch the following video of a health care student who suspects that her patient may be experiencing gender based violence.
Student to Mother-in-law of woman: Can you take the little one out for this part of the discussion, please?
[Audio: Door closing]
Woman: The babies doing OK ain't she? She's lovely. Er.. it's... it's him that I really struggle with. Her Dad, he erm... he makes me feel depressed.
Student: Tell me more about your partner and in what way are you struggling?
Woman: He just gets so angry, do you know when she cries and he says it is all my fault.
Student: It must be so tough to be told it is your fault. What happens when he is angry?
Women: It's alright, I'm just being silly. You know he is always sorry after.
Student: This doesn't seem silly it sounds important. Can you tell me anymore?
Woman: He really upsets me...
Student: I completely understand how this could upset you, how can I help?
During a physical examination:
Watch the following video of a health care worker who suspects that his patient may be experiencing gender based violence.
Student to male partner of woman: Can you just wait out there for a moment, just while I finish the assessment? Great thankyou.
Student to woman: Hi, so i just wanted to have a bit of a chat with you. I've noticed you have got some bruises? I'm just wondering if you can tell me what's happened?
Woman: Nothing, I have no problems there. i just fell.
Student: It is unusual to get those marks from a fall. Is there anything else that has happened?
[Woman is silent]
Student: I'm a little bit worried about you, I was wondering...
[Woman remains silent]
Student: if you might be willing to talk to one of my colleagues, maybe in a little more detail?
Have you ever been hurt? - Never keep it to yourself, 'e.g. tell a tutor or colleague.'
Note: The World Health Organization provides another way of remembering how to support people if they are affected by gender based violence.
'Lives' - Listen, inquire, validate, enhance safety, support. You can find more information about the mnemonic ‘LIVES’ at the end of this resource.